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Monday, April 28, 2008

More on the Chennai IPL Team

In reaction to my Madras On Top post, Hrishikesh writes in -

dude, what do you expect? MGR, the biggest politicial phenom in TN was an outsider - a mallu. the current God rajni, is a marathi guy brought up in karnataka (checked him out talking kannada?). and their film industry imports on a wholesale basis failed northie starlets like simran, just because they have a fair skin. the IPL team is just in line with that mentality. who knoes... maybe dhoni will grow a moustache and act in a tam film?

That was funny. To be fair, as another reader pointed out, a lot of TN players have signed up for ICL, which is why they are not in IPL. And we have seen the result of Bombay packing their side with locals. But still, it is interesting that while other traditional powerhouses of cricket - Bombay, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and even Punjab, are being captained by local stars, the Chennai team is being captained by a star from the Northie hinterland, the "indhi" cowbelt. Ghosts of Periyar and Annadurai must be planning to haunt Chepauk.